Wednesday, March 25, 2009


I had my doctor's appointment today. Despite having contractions for the past two days, I haven't made one ounce of progress. Still 1cm dilated, 50% effaced. I asked about an induction because I am that desperate to get some sleep and relief from the contractions...she said that she's not comfortable doing one until I'm at least 2-3cm and 70-80% effaced. Oye! The reason is that Pitocin (the drug they give you to get your uterus to contract) is only effective in helping you along if you're already dilated so much. Without being as far along as she recommends, the Pitocin would only make me have painful contractions and wouldn't be very helpful in dilating...which is what needs to happen! The chances of me having a failed induction and ending up with a c-section go way up if that happens.

She did say that she'll see me at my 40week appointment and if nothing is happening still, we could schedule an induction for next Friday (the 3rd). She will be on call and would therefore be the one to deliver the baby, which is a good thing! At least I know there is an end in sight :)

She did tell me I could take some Benadryl tonight to help me sleep. I'm going to try it and hope it helps at least a little bit! After my appointment I had pretty steady contractions (5-6 minutes apart) for about an hour to an hour and a half. After dinner, they slowly tapered off to where they have been for the past few days...about 15ish minutes apart and not super strong, but annoying.

Since we sold our truck and I'm on "bed rest" at home, I've found myself feeling incredibly bored! (I'm not actually on bed rest, but my doctor wants me to take it easy and keep my feet up. She thinks I'm doing too much and doesn't want to put any unnecessary stress on me or the baby). The entire house is clean, I've done every bit of laundry, and I've even started organizing the office...which is a huge, huge task! Any ideas of what else I could do to keep myself busy at home for however long it is before he comes?

Say a prayer and send some thoughts my way that this won't go until next Friday!

1 comment:

  1. hang in there girl! i agree with your doctor....i've had so many friends who opted for an early induction and had horrible and long labor experiences. you'll be much better off if your body is already starting the labor process. your body knows what it's doing!

    stick it out....i know it seems like forever to wait with no relief, but this time will pass faster than you think and you'll be glad you waited!!

    also, pitocin is a contractions were totally bearable until they gave me that at about 5cm (to get me going quicker since it had been a while since my water broke-i stayed home and played a little too long (-:)once i got the pitocin, the pain was 10x worse. All my friends who've had it makes your body go into labor quickly and the contractions come fast, hard and strong without your body having as much time to naturally prepare for contractions that would normally increase more gradually.

    okay, sorry for the novel, but i hope this is some encouragement to you.